ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research (61)

Early Childhood Play Matters

ISBN: 9781742862859

Author: Shona Bass & Kathy Walker    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

Play-based learning has long been a means of facilitating teaching and learning in the early childhood years. The Walker Learning Approach, an Australian-design...


Play-based learning has long been a means of facilitating teaching and learning in the early childhood years. The Walker Learning Approach, an Australian-designed, evidence-based play pedagogy, provides a solid base and foundation for intentional and responsive teaching in the early years. The program’s systems and practices support teams of early childhood educators in a consistent approach that ensures continuity and predictability for children, educators and families. Early Childhood Play Matters provides guidance and many practical ideas on implementing the Walker Learning Approach within early childhood learning practices. Topics include intentional teaching, how to minimise time spent on planning and documentation while producing clinical and professional records, how to set up open-ended play learning experiences to promote skills, how to scaffold with intention and purpose for learning, how to communicate effectively as an educator and how to honour and build relationships with children and families. It also includes organisational ideas and resources, a full-colour section of photographs, templates for planning, assessment and reporting activities, and a bibliography for further reference.


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Pages: 106


Dimensions: 222 x 284 mm


Publication Date: 01-12-2015


Tag: Education
$84.00
Leading Professional Learning

ISBN: 9781742865393

Author: Helen Timperley    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

Today’s school leaders are faced with the increasingly daunting task of leading their schools to improve, to innovate and to become ever more responsive to ch...


Today’s school leaders are faced with the increasingly daunting task of leading their schools to improve, to innovate and to become ever more responsive to change. There are many resources to help schools to engage with improvement frameworks, but few that directly address the complexity of the challenges that inevitably arise along the way. Based on extensive research in the field, including the outcomes of a five-year project on school improvement and professional learning in Australia and New Zealand, Leading Professional Learning: Practical strategies for impact in schools identifies the challenges that school leaders face when leading professional learning and development in their schools as part of an improvement agenda. Renowned professional development expert, Helen Timperley, has collaborated with a team of prominent authors, including Fiona Ell, Deidre Le Fevre and Kaye Twyford, to uncover the reasons underpinning these challenges and to provide practical strategies on how to address them. Case studies, excerpts from real teachers’ experiences and step-by-step examples of useful strategies, including the spiral of inquiry, give school leaders the tools they need to tackle complex challenges in teaching, learning, curriculum delivery and pedagogical practice in both primary and secondary settings. Leading Professional Learning: Practical strategies for impact in schools is a hands-on resource for school leaders to identify specific professional learning and development issues that accompany the learning and change process and to overcome them in their schools.


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Pages: 136


Dimensions: 176 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 24-01-2020


$85.00
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Pathways to School System Improvement

ISBN: 9781742862484

Author: Michael Gaffney    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

The road to school system improvement can be a rocky one. The nature of schools and school systems makes them very difficult to change. These are complex organi...


The road to school system improvement can be a rocky one. The nature of schools and school systems makes them very difficult to change. These are complex organisations, subject to a range of demands and opportunities from multiple stakeholders – from parents and governments, from local communities and business, from other educational authorities and institutions, and, of course, from their staff and students. Effective educational leaders appreciate this complexity and work with colleagues and others across and beyond their education system to make a positive and meaningful difference. Pathways to School System Improvement is designed for educators with an interest and responsibility for school system improvement. It looks at effective strategies for implementing system improvement and presents approaches for capitalising on the successes and overcoming the shortcomings of initiative-based reforms.


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Pages: 112


Dimensions: 176 x 245 mm


Publication Date: 20-11-2014


$78.00
Wise Heads, Wise Hearts

ISBN: 9781742863733

Author: Pam Ryan    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

Wise Heads, Wise Hears is a collection of conversations with school leaders that uses their experiences to develop leadership models. It presents different pers...


Wise Heads, Wise Hears is a collection of conversations with school leaders that uses their experiences to develop leadership models. It presents different personal experiences of school leadership from multiple countries, and a conceptual model of leadership that draws on those experiences. Written in a clear, accessible style with many points of personal connection, this resource is suitable for teachers beginning their process of leadership development, and those who are already in leadership positions.


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Pages: 133


Dimensions: 156 x 238 mm


Publication Date: 09-08-2016


Tag: Education
$70.00
Leading Learning and Teaching

ISBN: 9781742863641

Author: Stephen Dinham    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

A follow-up to the best-selling How to Get Your School Moving and Improving, author Stephen Dinham's new title brings together essential research and understand...


A follow-up to the best-selling How to Get Your School Moving and Improving, author Stephen Dinham's new title brings together essential research and understandings of how educators can lead teaching and learning. Leading Learning and Teaching is a thorough, comprehensive sourcebook on school improvement and best-practice leadership, including extensive references, case studies and evidence to back up arguments. Written by a recognised and influential expert in the field of education leadership, all school leaders should have access to this vital resource.


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Pages: 362


Dimensions: 178 x 248 mm


Publication Date: 27-07-2016


Tag: Education
$95.00
Teaching and Learning Difficulties 2nd Ed

ISBN: 9781742863771

Author: Peter Westwood    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

The 2nd edition of Peter Westwood's best-selling Teaching and Learning Difficulties addresses recent initiatives around effective teaching, the greater focus on...


The 2nd edition of Peter Westwood's best-selling Teaching and Learning Difficulties addresses recent initiatives around effective teaching, the greater focus on teaching standards, and the increasing importance of teachers' level of expertise and depth of subject knowledge. It presents evidence-based methods for teaching, aligned with the Australian Curriculum, and references the most recent policies, practices and research literature on effective teaching strategies and approaches. Teaching and Learning Difficulties provides guidance on teaching students that encounter difficulties in a number of learning areas, including science, social studies, history, geography and environmental education. Using a cross-curricular perspective, it explores multiple teacher-directed and student-centred instructional approaches for classroom use, highlighting the strengths, weaknesses and specific aspects of each one. It also examines the impact of classroom interactions that influence learning, suggests strategies for reducing learning failure and enhancing students' progress, and presents a 'big picture' perspective on teaching and learning difficulties. In the Learning Difficulties series, Peter Westwood evaluates, summarises and presents research, strategies and best-practice methodologies for working with students that have learning difficulties in particular subject areas. Rigorous yet accessible, the titles in this series provide teachers with the knowledge, data and direction they need to develop their skills and meet student needs.


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Pages: 241


Dimensions: 178 x 248 mm


Publication Date: 15-08-2016


Tag: Education
$70.00
Numeracy and Learning Difficulties 2nd Ed

ISBN: 9781742863665

Author: Peter Westwood    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

The 2nd edition of Peter Westwood's best-selling Numeracy and Learning Difficulties addresses recent initiatives around the teaching of numeracy, the increased ...


The 2nd edition of Peter Westwood's best-selling Numeracy and Learning Difficulties addresses recent initiatives around the teaching of numeracy, the increased focus on numeracy standards, and international research around numeracy teaching, learning and pedagogy. Drawing on research from the fields of developmental and cognitive psychology, Peter Westwood presents a case for high-quality 'first teaching' to prevent students failing in the initial acquisition of numeracy skills. Numeracy and Learning Difficulties provides guidance on how to develop flexible teaching methods and strategies to improve mathematical skills of students. It discusses common areas of learning difficulty in mathematics and looks at ways teachers can determine gaps in students' knowledge, as well as how to develop curricula and problem-solving strategies to address these gaps. In the Learning Difficulties series, Peter Westwood evaluates, summarises and presents research, strategies and best-practice methodologies for working with students that have learning difficulties in particular subject areas. Rigorous yet accessible, the titles in this series provide teachers with the knowledge, data and direction they need to develop their skills and meet student needs.


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Pages: 166


Dimensions: 176 x 248 mm


Publication Date: 15-08-2016


Tag: Education
$68.00
Reading and Learning Difficulties 2nd Ed

ISBN: 9781742863658

Author: Peter Westwood    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

The 2nd edition of Peter Westwood's best-selling Reading and Learning Difficulties addresses recent initiatives around the teaching of reading, the value of a p...


The 2nd edition of Peter Westwood's best-selling Reading and Learning Difficulties addresses recent initiatives around the teaching of reading, the value of a phonics-based approach, and international research around literacy teaching, learning and pedagogy. It presents evidence-based methods for teaching reading skills, looks at the increasing role of technology and online learning in literacy and evaluates the success of literacy interventions implemented in Australia and elsewhere. Reading and Learning Difficulties provides guidance on how to develop flexible teaching methods to suit varied ways of learning. By examining the way readers process texts, and identifying the knowledge and skills needed to become a proficient reader, it explains why learning problems can sometimes occur and what can be done to prevent or overcome these difficulties. In his Learning Difficulties series, Peter Westwood evaluates, summarises and presents research, strategies and best-practice methodologies for working with students that have learning difficulties in particular subject areas. Rigorous yet accessible, the titles in this series provide teachers with the knowledge, data and direction they need to develop their skills and meet student needs.


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Pages: 166


Dimensions: 176 x 248 mm


Publication Date: 15-08-2016


Tag: Education
$70.00
I'm The Principal

ISBN: 9781742864969

Author: Stephen Dinham    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

While an immensely rewarding role, the work of a school principal can be a lonely one, made up of brief encounters and regular interruptions, steep in responsib...


While an immensely rewarding role, the work of a school principal can be a lonely one, made up of brief encounters and regular interruptions, steep in responsibilities and accountabilities and free from accolades. Research shows that principals often feel there is nothing that really prepares them for assuming full and ongoing responsibility for a school. The I’m the Principal project utilised the Australian Professional Standard for Principals as a framework to consider key aspects and contributors to principal learning, action, influence and identity through interviews with 50 practising principals drawn from the various sectors and levels of Australian school education. I’m the Principal is a record of the study of the work of the principal today, conta ining personal, first-hand comments, experiences, values, beliefs and concerns. It speaks to the successes and the challenges of the role. I’m the Principal is a timely and thoughtful must-read for anyone wanting to explore and understand the value and worth of a school.


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Pages: 224


Dimensions: 154 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 24-08-2018


$85.00
What Teachers Need To Know About Differentiated Instruction

ISBN: 9781742862927

Author: Peter Westwood    Publisher: ACER : Australian Council For Educational Research

In order to be most effective, instruction in inclusive classrooms needs to be geared carefully to students’ individual learning rates and levels of ability. ...


In order to be most effective, instruction in inclusive classrooms needs to be geared carefully to students’ individual learning rates and levels of ability. What Teachers Need to Know About Differentiated Instruction presents a concise look at developing and implementing differentiated instruction programs. It provides both general and specific strategies, examines supporting tools and technologies, and focuses on overcoming the challenges of sustaining instruction programs over time and for multiple student cohorts.


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Pages: 112


Dimensions: 154 x 235 mm


Publication Date: 31-12-2015


Tag: Education
$54.00
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